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Swabi women demand exclusive parks

Updated Mar 21, 2014 12:54pm


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Women sit together on the outskirts of Peshawar - Photo from Reuters
Women sit together on the outskirts of Peshawar - Photo from Reuters

SWABI: Women political activists have expressed resentment over the successive governments’ failure to establish separate parks for women in the district.

Speaking at a function here the other day, the women activists, including PTI lawmaker Ayesha Naeem and former provincial minister Sitara Ayaz, said that parks provided a sense of pride to womenfolk.

They asked the males in Pakhtun society to treat the women as equal partners, paying attention to their requirements and providing facilities to them so they could be able to enjoy their life.

Ms Naeem said women lawmakers in the previous government didn’t take steps for establishing women only parks in the province. “Women getting elected on reserved seats should work for ameliorating the lot of their gender,” she stressed.

Speaking on the occasion, Sitara Ayaz said parks were place for women and children to come close to nature and learn from each other through interaction. “No doubt parks reflect the quality of life of a community or nation has,” she said.

Pakistan People’s Party, women wing’s district president, Naseem Akhtar said parks were places which helped the women to remain physically active and strong on one hand, and to improve community’s health on the other. “Visits to parks could help to reduce stress,” she added.

They demanded separate parks for women in the district and sought support of male lawmakers in this regard.

“The number of parks in Peshawar and other cities has cropped up,” said Ayesha Naeem, adding that women should not be confined to the four walls of their homes.

Though a women only park has been established at Tarbela Dam, no such places exist in other parts of the district.

“The park has been set up by the dam authorities at Jobi colony, having boundary wall and all the other facilities. Strict security arrangements have also been ensured so women and children could enjoy without any fear,” said Ishrat Khan, a college student. —Correspondent


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ahmed Mar 21, 2014 09:38pm

Why not schools to educate Swabi men on how to behave with women, and police to thrash men who fail to get educated and try to misbehave?

Seedoo Mar 21, 2014 09:43pm

You speak of women's rights and at the same time demand separate parks for them. You may get your parks but never equal rights. To gain equal rights, you must demand access to the same parks and facilities as men and learn to work along side them and teach men how to respect you. Segregation of sexes will never lead to equality between men and women. Besides it is too costly to build redundant parks and other duplicate facilities.

Nizamuddin Ahmad Aali Mar 22, 2014 02:04am

@Seedoo: The ladies will have no problem walking in common park, but your brothers will have. When jogging or doing brisk walking for exercise cooling air is mandatory to avoid dehydration and therefore the ladies should be in minimum clothing of their choice. Do you have problem with that. Pakistani women are getting fat have serious health issues. Please help them. All they are asking for isolated park only for women until we the men become civilized and humans. This is not a women rights issue at all. This is the question of human life and safety issue. There is jungle out there and animals are roaming around.

Ahmed Mar 22, 2014 05:33am

@Nizamuddin Ahmad Aali: Brother, it is a simple issue of a country where people give a lot less in taxes when compared to what they demand in return. Women want equal rights but also want segregation and your defense of this argument is they are getting fat and would like to workout without men bothering them? So in other words, women want to break the confinement of the four walls of their homes by adding the four walls of a park. Who is going to bear the cost of the infrastructure? the water ? the additional labor? Ladies, please lease work out within your household. I can name numerous house chores what will get your heart rate up and your blood pumping. Use the park for the enjoyment of nature, and walk slowly in your full Hijab till both men and women don't get more "civilized".

mnkhan Mar 22, 2014 07:27am

a must idea be established forthwith,shahmansoor town is the ideal location.